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Porto - The Bishops altar and the Old Quarter

The Bishops altar and the Old Quarter

(52 reviews)
Cathedral and Sé neighborhood, Porto, Portugal
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

Did you know Porto's settlement started on the top of the hill? Where the city used to be fortified? And that for almost three centuries the city belonged to the powerful catholic Bishops? Get your good walking shoes and come along with me, from the 12th century ronanesque Cathedral, ancient stronghold, all the way downwards the river Douro. Let's discover, nice and slowly, the narrow and steep granite medieval streets of this mytical old neighborhood: Sé. A place where history pops out in every corner and the soul of our ancestors is displayed in the pitoresque details of each single street.


Meet your local guide

Sara Mello

Sara has being working in Tourism since 2007 and became a Certified Guide in 2018. After working as a Lawyer, Economics teacher, Musical Public Relations and in the Port Wine Cellars, she found her true calling in Professional Guiding. And didn't hesitate to change her life to follow her heart and reach that goal! A passionate traveller herself, she gathered all of this vast professional experience to give a different twist and create city tours she would like to be part of! Living in Porto forever, you'll see the city in the perspective of a true local, that finds personal memories in every story, sight, colour or smell of this city she embraced as hers. She wants to take you by the hand and make you fall in love with this ancient UNESCO World Heritage gem. Meet its proud people and unique soul: after all, the city that gave Portugal its name!

Sara Mello has been guiding since Jan 2018


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Porto with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Porto. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

charles w.

24 March 2021

Very good we’ve booked another tour with Sara

Christine, Hello from West Yorkshire !! G.

24 March 2021

friendly cheerful lady, look forward to joining her again!

Maria (Ottawa) C.

24 March 2021

Thank you Sara for another great tour. Fantastic views, great guiding with historical facts and common items that bring us closer to the beautiful city of Porto. I wouldn’t mind booking an Airbnb there. Thank you Sara and thank you VT.

Lourdes T.

24 March 2021

Great tour with information on places that she showed us. Good style and pace! Thank you!

Kathy M.

23 March 2021

A knowledgeable guide with an obvious interest in, and passion for, what she is doing


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